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Short Term Work Camps Youth Volunteer Organization 2020

 

 

 

 

 

2020 International Volunteer Projects
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

 

About Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian country with a population of more than 5 million people. Covering an area of 198,500 sq km, it borders Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Western China’s Xinjiang Province. The capital of the country is Bishkek. About 94% of Kyrgyzstan is mountainous with an average elevation of 2,750 m. The country is known for its natural beauty and its picturesque scenery. There are numerous alpine lakes; the most famous in the country is Issyk-Kul at 170km long and 70km wide. It is the second largest alpine lake in the world. Other alpine lakes in the country include Song-Köl, Ala-Köl, and SaryChelek.

Kyrgyzstan is a country of contrasts. There are endless mountain ranges covered with eternal snows, vibrant colored alpine meadows, rugged rivers, and calm blue lakes. The country is rich in cultural and historical heritage at the heart of the Central Asian steppes. The smell of wormwood, views of jagged rock formations, deep glaciers, and emerald green valleys make Kyrgyzstan a dreamy reality. Kyrgyzstan is on the ancient Silk Road trading route; it offers many opportunities to explore Islamic culture and Muslim traditions.

Program Location
Our volunteer programs are located in the northeastern region of Kyrgyzstan, in the town of Karakol. The town is the administrative centre of the Issyk-Kul Oblast. The town is a base for exploring the central Tien Shan Mountain range and Karakol is situated near the pearl of the country – Issyk-Kul Lake. The lake is at the bottom of a deep tectonic hollow, with an elevation of 1610 m above sea level. From all directions the Teskey and Kungey Ala-Too mountain peaks surround the lake. Snow capped year-round, some of these mountains reach elevations of more than 5000 meters. Eighty rivers feed the lake with crystal-clear water. The climate around the lake is more moderate than the rest of the country, there is no exhausting heat or deep frost; the average air temperature in the summer months is 23-26 degrees Celsius. The water warms to comfortable 20-22 degrees Celsius in the summer. On the Coast of Issyk-Kul Lake are petroglyphic figures dated to the second millennium BC.
Karakol offers numerous leisure activities. The local historical museum, the countless treks that lay just south of the city itself, and the Jety-Oguz Gorge, known for its beautiful shaped red rocks are just a few of the attractions. Every region of Issyk-Kul Oblast is enticing to the visitor. Boomsk Gorge begins at the gates to Issyk-Kul; here it is possible to raft the rugged Chui River finishing at one of the most remote parts of the area. There you can admire Engelchek Glacier, and the peaks of Khan Tengri and Pobeda Mountains, known for their high elevations.

For more information about the city:
History of the city https://goo.gl/s7Mhsm
Karakol- architectural heritage https://goo.gl/TNFUK7
KARAKOL- EDUCATIONAL CENTER https://goo.gl/oZtnD4
People of the city Karakol https://goo.gl/7z8ru2
Karakol yesterday and todayhttps://goo.gl/aP1eBg


About Youth Volunteer Organization “Leadership”
Leadership is a non-profit organization bringing together young volunteers with the mission of involving youth in civil society through volunteerism, project design, and cooperation both locally and internationally.
Leadership was founded on November 1, 2005 as a youth volunteer organization under the auspices of the public association Leader, a centre of civic society initiatives.

Our Mission:To involve youth in civil society through volunteerism in cooperation with localand international volunteer projects.

Goal of Work Camps:To promote the volunteer movement in Kyrgyzstan through local and international work camp exchanges.

The program encourages youth to play an active role in varied social spheres, to develop an appreciation for international cooperative teamwork, to enrich outlooks, and to provide the opportunity of intercultural exchange.

Program activities are threefold:
1. International Volunteer Work Camps – Local volunteers visit camps in Europe & Asia.
2. Local Work Camps – Leadership hosts local work camps with international participants.
3. Mid and Long-Term Volunteer Exchanges – Local non-governmental organizations in need of professional exchange involve international volunteers in their activities.

The Alumni Association works to keep former work camp participants in touch with Leadership and other international volunteers, and to keep them informed about developments of the projects they took part in. Alumni Association benefits include a 10% discount from the participation fee, if a volunteer participates in work camps at Leadership for a second time.

With the support of our partners, Leadership has been able to:

  •  Participate in Technical Meetings in Belgium in 2006 and Turkey in 2007
  •  Host 17 local work camps from 2006 till 2014 with about 61 international, 16 Peace Corps and more than 80 local volunteers
  •  Send 35 volunteers to international work camps abroad
  •  Accept 87 international volunteers for mid and long term volunteer programs between 2006 and 2018
  •  Initiate the Alumni Association

This year’s work camps will involve the fields of ecology, eco-friendly tourism, and working with orphans and disabled children. The projects will provide a valuable contribution to the social and economic development of life in the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan.
Leadership is a member of the Aliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations. 

 

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Location

Code/Name

Types

Duration

Dates

# of

Vols

 

Short Term Work Camps

1

Ak-Suu Nursery Forest, Ak-Suu Village

LS-04

Nursery Forest

Environment-Forest

2 Weeks

July 28 – August 10

10

2

Inclusive kinder garden Kiyal Kechter, Ak-Suu Village

LS-06

Kiyal Kechter

Kids- Disabled

2 Weeks

July 28 – August 10

7

3

“Hand in Hand”, Przhevalsky

LS – 12

“Hand in Hand”

Kids- Disabled

2 Weeks

June 27 – July 10

7

4

«Tom Sawyer Fest» Karakol

LS-13«Tom Sawyer Fest»

Reno-Renovation

2 Weeks

July 27 – August 05

15

 

 

Short Term Work Camps

 

LS–04 Ak-Suu Nursery Forest ENVIROMENT/FOREST 10 VOLs  17+

 

“Save the Planet” 

About Ak-Suu Nursery Forest The Ak-Suu Nursery Forest was founded in 1949 and is situated in Ak-Suu Village, 15 km from Karakol. It is unique because it is the only organization of its kind in Kyrgyzstan. Ak-Suu Nursery Forest covers 1529 hectares of landscape. Each year they plant trees, care for young seedlings, and protect the soil. One of the main goals of the nursery is the cultivation of non-native crops.  There are 120 kinds of bushes and trees, 111 of which are non-native, 33 kinds of birches, and several kinds of pine, acacia and maple in the territory of the nursery. An arboretum was also founded there, where rare and unique plants growing in the territory of Kyrgyzstan and beyond the borders of the country are collected. 

 

All studies and work at the nursery are under observation from the Academy of Sciences of Kyrgyz Republic. Currently, work is underway on the acclimatization of beech, common eastern hemlock, and European hornbeam trees.

 

Project goals: 

 

Maintain nursery by caring for young trees (watering, weeding, trimming, etc)

 

Work: During this 2-week camp, volunteers will take care of young trees (seedlings), water, weed, and trim the area of the nursery.

 

Weekend Excursion: On the weekend volunteers will have an opportunity to visit Karakol town and see its sightseeing. Another option would be to hike up to the nearby AltynArashan health resort where you can enjoy natural hot springs.  For more information about the above locations and Kyrgyzstan please visit www.welcome.kg or www.karakol.kg

 

Meeting point: Karakol, Office of Leadership, 138 Lenin St. (cross road: Koenkozova St). Travel cost from the airport to the meeting point is not reimbursed. Extra assistance with travel can be provided upon request. 

 

Location:The camp will be held in Ak-Suu (Teploklyuchenka on Google Maps) is situated 20 minutes from Karakol – the Issyk-Kul Oblast centre. Ak-Suu region is one of the region’s oldest districts, full of hot springs for health and leisure. Surrounded completely by mountains, this location is very picturesque.

 

meeting point: Office of Leadership, Karakol, 138 Lenin St. (cross road: Koenkozova St). 

 

Language: English, there will be a camp-leader who will interpret and help in all ways of communication. 

 

Accommodation:Basic cabins with shared rooms with beds. Volunteers should bring their sleeping bags. 

 

Volunteers will bathe in bathhouses 2 times per week at a former Soviet resort in Ak-Suu. 

 

Food: Cooking will be done by volunteers in the kitchen with all necessary utilities provided.

 

Group: Mixed, composed of international volunteers and 1 camp leader, and local volunteers.  Participants will manage the working hours and free time activities with the local camp leaders. Decisions will be made through group discussion. 

 

Note: We welcome all volunteers who are enthusiastic, creative and motivated to work with orphan children. Alcohol and drugs are not permitted during the camp or at the accommodation venues. Smoking is not allowed while volunteers are with children.

 

Insurance:Volunteers should come with their own health and accident insurance.

 

Bring: A more detailed packing list will be sent after applying, a basic list includes:  own medicine, backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, raingear, warm clothes, comfortable shoes for hiking, a swimsuit, sunscreen, insect repellent (much of the time will be spent on the lake shore), a torch/flashlight, your national recipes, music, songs, games, energy and a good mood!

 

Participation fee: 180 Euro should be paid upon arrival. The participation fee covers accommodation, food, transportation, recreation and organizational costs.

 

LS–06 INCLUSIVE KINDERGARTEN DISA/KIDS/TEACHING 10 VOLs  17+

 

“Happy sun”

 

About Inclusive kindergarten KiyalKechter: Inclusive kindergarten is located in Issyk-Kul Oblast, in Teplokluchenko village. The creation of a stable base to support children with disabilities and their families in all areas of life. In the organization are conducted classes before school program individually with each child, as well as educational classes and clubs by interests (origami, sewing, painting, etc.).  Children speak Kyrgyz and Russian languages. They have good experience working with international volunteers. Each year they host up to 3-4 international guests. 

 

The Inclusive kindergarten KiyalKechter realize activities in several directions:

 

1.To providing rehabilitation services to children with disabilities;

 

2.Access to education;

 

3.To engaging and activating parental initiatives;

 

4.To reducing stigma and the involvement of children with disabilities in the activities of the local community.

 

Project goals: 

 

  • Organize children’s leisure time through conducting games, sport competitions, dance classes, and English language lessons.
  • Participate in daily kinder garden activities and spend leisure time with the children.

 

Work: During the project, volunteers will conduct English trainings, various games, and sporting events with children in their leisure time. Volunteers with children will also organize basic environment trainings.

 

Weekend Excursion: On the weekend volunteers will have an opportunity to visit Karakol town and see its sightseeing. Another option would be to hike up to the nearby AltynArashan health resort where you can enjoy natural hot springs.  For more information about the above locations and Kyrgyzstan please visit www.welcome.kg or www.karakol.kg

 

Meeting point: Karakol, Office of Leadership, 138 Lenin St. (cross road: Koenkozova St). Travel cost from the airport to the meeting point is not reimbursed. Extra assistance with travel can be provided upon request. 

 

Location: The camp will be held in Ak-Suu village, about 20 minutes from Karakol.

 

Language: English, there will be a camp-leader who will interpret and help in all ways of communication. 

 

Accommodation: Volunteers will live with a nearby host family.  Volunteers can bring their sleeping bags and mats for excursions.  

 

Food: Cooking will be done by a host family, volunteers can join and help the host family. For the weekend excursion, volunteers are requested to take a personal plate and utensil set for the trek, cooking will be done as a group. 

 

Group: Mixed, composed of international volunteers and 1 camp leader, and local volunteers; orphanage kids are not official members of the volunteer team, but play an integral role in the project.  Participants will manage the working hours and free time activities with the local camp leaders. Decisions will be made through group discussion. 

 

Note: We welcome all volunteers who are enthusiastic, creative and motivated to work with orphan children. Alcohol and drugs are not permitted during the camp or at the accommodation venues. Smoking is not allowed while volunteers are with children.

 

Insurance:Volunteers should come with their own health and accident insurance.

 

Bring: A more detailed packing list will be sent after applying, a basic list includes:  own medicine, backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, raingear, warm clothes, comfortable shoes for hiking, a swimsuit, sunscreen, insect repellent (much of the time will be spent on the lake shore), a torch/flashlight, your national recipes, music, songs, games, energy and a good mood!

 

Participation fee: 180 Euro should be paid upon arrival. The participation fee covers accommodation, food, transportation, recreation and organizational costs.

 

LS–12 Hand in Hand DISA/KIDS/TEACHING 10 VOLs  17+

 

«Hand in Hand»

 

About “Hand in Hand”

 

The Karakol branch of Centre "Hand in Hand" was opened in 2018.  It is located 15 km from Karakol on Przhevalsky Bay. Children can spend full days at the centre. The purpose of the Society of Parents of Children with Autism is to provide consultations and legal, informational, organizational, methodological, and material support to children with autism and their families. They aim for social integration of kids with autism and lobby to protect the rights and legitimate interests of people living with autism, to ensure an equal footing with other citizens. The basic principles of the Centre’s activities are equality, protecting human rights and involving parents. In fact, the bulk of the centre’s employees are mothers of children who visit it. These women are highly motivated to improve the lives of their children.

 

Volunteer’s Role: You will be able to work in the following sphere of activities: 

 

  • Participate in organization of various activities/programs (music, photography, art etc.) with handicapped people including children and the elderly
  • Hold development activities
  • Take part in meetings with disabled children’s parents 
  • Have skills to work with mentally and disables kids
  • Project goals: 
  • Organize children’s leisure time through conducting games, sport competitions, dance classes.
  • Participate in daily kinder garden activities and spend leisure time with the children.
  • Work: During the project, volunteers will participate in organization of various activities/programs (music, photography, art etc.) with handicapped people including children and the elderly.

 

Weekend Excursion: On the weekend volunteers will have an opportunity to visit Karakol town and see its sightseeing. Another option would be to hike up to the nearby AltynArashan health resort where you can enjoy natural hot springs.  For more information about the above locations and Kyrgyzstan please visit www.welcome.kg or www.karakol.kg

 

Meeting point: Karakol, Office of Leadership, 138 Lenin St. (cross road: Koenkozova St). Travel cost from the airport to the meeting point is not reimbursed. Extra assistance with travel can be provided upon request. 

 

Language: English, there will be a camp-leader who will interpret and help in all ways of communication. 

 

Accommodation: Volunteers will live with a nearby host family.  Volunteers can bring their sleeping bags and mats for excursions.  

 

Food: Cooking will be done by a host family, volunteers can join and help the host family. For the weekend excursion, volunteers are requested to take a personal plate and utensil set for the trek, cooking will be done as a group. 

 

Note: Volunteers psychologists, therapists are welcome. The work is aimed at working with children and supporting children during classes.

 

You are expected to have past experience with volunteer work, working as a part of a team.

 

Participation fee: 180 Euro should be paid upon arrival. The participation fee covers accommodation, food, transportation, recreation and organizational costs.

 

LS–13  Tom Sawyer Fest RENO/FEST  17+

 

“Renovation”

 

About Tom Sawyer Fest. Now the global urban development planned positive trend to preserve the scale and harmonious silhouette of the historical part of town where prohibited any point construction or reconstruction of an old building without preserving its pristine appearance.

 

"Tom Sawyer Fest" - the first festival in Karakol, which is dedicated to the restoration of the historical environment, namely, the construction of a specific building belonging to the 19th century "Weight House". By international and local volunteers at the expense of sponsors.

 

Recreation of the "Weight House" with local and international volunteers is a big step towards preserving the architectural and historical appearance of the city.

 

Project goals: 

 

  • restoration of the historical environment of the city by volunteers
  • popularization of historical heritage and its preservation among foreign tourist and locals.
  • to increase town’s attractiveness for the foreign tourist and locals, show it’s richness of the culture and nationalities
  • to create and promote town’s branding and identity

 

Work:Volunteers will work on the construction of the "Weight House", assembling and building it from wooden and carved parts, which will be previously prepared by the foreman.

 

Weekend Excursion:On the weekend volunteers will have opportunity to swim in the lake “Issyk-Kul” and visit historical sights SaymaluuTash and RukhOrdo. For more information about the above locations and Kyrgyzstan please visit www.welcome.kg or www.karakol.kg

 

Meeting point: Karakol, Office of Leadership, 138 Lenin St. (cross road: Koenkozova St). Travel cost from the airport to the meeting point is not reimbursed. Extra assistance with travel can be provided upon request. 

 

Language: English, there will be a camp-leader who will interpret and help in all ways of communication. 

 

Accommodation:Volunteers will live in the hostel.

 

Food: Cooking will be done by a hostel. 

 

Group:Mixed, composed of approximately 5+ international, 2 United States Peace Corps volunteers and 2 local volunteers. Volunteers will manage working hours and free time activities with the camp leaders. Decisions will be made based on discussions with the whole group. Local residents who wish to be involved will be welcome.

 

Insurance:Volunteers should come with their own health and accident insurance.

 

Bring: A more detailed packing list will be sent after applying, a basic list includes:  own medicine, backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, raingear, warm clothes, comfortable shoes for hiking, a swimsuit, sunscreen, insect repellent (much of the time will be spent on the lake shore), a torch/flashlight, your national recipes, music, songs, games, energy and a good mood!

 

Participation fee: 180 Euro should be paid upon arrival. The participation fee covers accommodation, food, transportation, recreation and organizational costs.

 

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